Our History

1960s

  • 1960: Before it even opens its doors, Delta College petitions the FCC to begin broadcasting on UHF Channel 19.
  • 1962: Newly opened Delta College builds a 500-foot television tower on its main campus. The new TV station will go by the call letters WUCM ("University Center, Michigan").
  • 1964: At 7 pm on October 12, WUCM-TV 19 goes on the air for the first time. The first program aired is a children's show called What's New. At this point, it only plays 15 hours of programming a week, including classes for English, Spanish, economics, and nursing students.
  • 1967: WUCM becomes an affiliate of National Educational Television (NET), which will eventually become PBS.

1970s

  • 1971: Day-By-Day, a daily show hosted by Andy Rapp, premieres. After 3,203 episodes, the show would be replaced by The Weekly with Andy Rapp and, eventually, Currently Speaking.
  • 1972: WUCM holds the first of 17 Great TV Auctions to raise money for equipment. The first auction is dubbed the "Rainbow Auction" and raised nearly $40,000 for WUCM to broadcast in color.
  • 1974: WUCM broadcasts in color for the first time.
  • 1978: WUCM airs its first broadcast from a satellite feed.
  • 1979: The Great TV Auction raises a record $101,636.

1980s

  • 1986: Delta Broadcasting expands into the Thumb, establishing WUCX-TV in Bad Axe-Ubly.
  • 1988: The last Great TV Auction raises money for WUCX to "Go Stereo." That year, WUCX becomes the first station in mid-Michigan to broadcast in stereo.
  • 1989: Delta Broadcasting adds a public radio station, WUCX-FM 90.1, operated jointly between Delta College and Central Michigan University.

1990s

  • 1996: The premiere of Dateline Delta, the oldest original local program still airing on Q-TV.
  • 1998: Delta Broadcasting starts using the names Q-TV and Q-90.1 FM for its TV and radio stations, respectively. The TV call letters also change to WDCP ("Delta College Public") and WDCQ ("Delta College Quality").

2000s

  • 2003: Q-TV becomes the first public TV station in Michigan to transmit a 100% digital signal, allowing it to offer multiple channels, including an HD channel, for the first time. Analog broadcasts continue as well.
  • 2005: Vanishing Voices of World War II premieres, marking the beginning of a series of award-winning local documentaries.
  • 2009: Q-TV broadcasts in analog for the last time. The station is now entirely digital.
  • 2009: Q-TV and Q-90.1 FM join Twitter, bringing Delta Broadcasting into social media for the first time.

2010s

  • 2013: DeltaBroadcasting.org becomes a responsive site, allowing for a better experience on mobile devices.

Share This Page

Local Videos

4/16/19 - Season Finale
The Follow Up

4/16/19 - Season Finale

Guests Peter Rose-Barry and Ryan Petersen.

4/16/19 Aftershow with Peter Rose-Barry & Ryan Petersen
The Follow Up

4/16/19 Aftershow with Peter Rose-Barry & Ryan Petersen

How does lack of tax enforcement affect the federal budget?

Certificate Programs, Men's Basketball, Planetarium
Dateline Delta

Certificate Programs, Men's Basketball, Planetarium

New certificate programs, men's basketball national championship season, Planetarium.

Alternative Fitness Programs, Campground Hosting
Second Act

Alternative Fitness Programs, Campground Hosting

Alternative programs to improve your fitness, how to become a campground host.

More Videos

Local Podcasts

Q-90.1 FM Featured Stories

Delta College Breaks Ground on Downtown Midland Center

Delta College broke ground Monday on the $13 million facility set to open for classes in fall 2020.

Backyard Astronomer

4/22/19 - The Waning Moon

The Moon is now making its way through the morning sky, slipping farther wast relative to the stars each night.

Q-90.1 FM Featured Stories

Appledore V Refit Project

After a brief absence from the Saginaw River, the Appledore schooners make their return. Appledoor V needed an extensive refit.

Movie House

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote - Review

Mark reviews Terry Gilliam's long-awaited film, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote."

Lifelines

Antonio Stradivari - Stradivari's Genius by Toby Faber

Stradivari built some of the finest and most famous instruments ever made, including the violins that bear his name.

More Podcasts

Q-TV Passport. A new member benefit. Extended access to over 1,000 hours of video.

Delta Broadcasting App - Now on iOS and Android